UK games may get pricier next year

VAT's not very nice.

British shops may charge more for games after next month's VAT rise to 20 per cent.

As much as a pound may be tacked on to the pricey products, MCV reports.

The impact on consoles may be even more dramatic: MCV used the examples of a 160GB PS3 rising from 250 to 255, and the 320GB PS3 going from 285 to 291.

Shops' hands have been forced by the distributors, which demand sellers "accomodate" the imminent VAT rise. The result is a difficult choice for shopkeepers: either increase prices or suffer from lower profits.

The problem with increasing prices, however, is that supermarkets play by different rules, and continue to offer ludicrous savings that game-specialised shops can't match.

Heck, that's ASDA price.

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